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Red Cross to collect quilts for veterans

The American Red Cross is calling on quiltmakers to help warm veterans this season. The organization hopes to collect 300 new quilts that will be shared with veterans at VA hospitals, homes and stand-down events across the region.

Quilts can be dropped off at any location of Gate City Bank, which is partnering with the Red Cross on the project.

Details regarding the donations are:

– Must be new and/or made with new materials.

– May be handmade or purchased quilts or fleece blankets.

– Preferably 60 inches by 80 inches with neutral, masculine or patriotic themes.

– Because they will be used in hospital and care facilities, they must be sturdy enough to undergo industrial washing and sterilizing processes with no loose yarns or strings that could catch on medical equipment.

Quilts and blankets will go home with veterans upon hospital discharge.

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